The Problem of Pretty Parables

Posted December 14, 2017 3:57 pm by Dwight Longenecker

The Problem of Pretty Parables

More and more I can’t stand the sentimentalization of Christmas–and the sentimentalization of Christianity.
We’ve turned the whole thing into some sort of sweet little magical mystery tour, and the modernist Biblical scholars have contributed to this as much as all the tacky commercialization.
Let me explain:
I was dipping into John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg’s book The First Christmas-What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’ Birth, and realized again why I loathe books like this.
If you are not familiar with the book, Crossan and Borg essentially take the birth narratives and turn them into pretty parables. The say in that sly

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